Bead Shop Update this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT

So, I’m dropping in here to share details of my latest bead shop update. It will happen this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm. Here’s a little preview of some of the beads that will be available. Apologies for the iffy white balance on some pictures. This sunny weather has made taking photographs a real bind…

moths group

bullets flower 1sawdust tusks grouptattered stoneware set 1

lilac metallisc breastplate connector 2 tattered cones graphic porcelain discs feather pair 3 crackled skinny ombre bullet headpins fancy headpins 1blended pinks lily pins earthy sunset moth wings ruby blue crescent columnspierced pod old gold earring charms sd rounds sets sd buds set of three stone shards 2 earthy twisted tusks

These last tusks look kinda odd in this photo, but they are really one of my favourite things! Anyway, here’s a link to the shop. I hope you’ll stop by this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT. Ciao for now, Claire

Bead Shop Update – Friday, 24th February, 6.30pm GMT

Phew! Finally! It feels like I have been making beads, glazing beads, firing beads, photographing beads, and listing beads for forever. (The prospect of not doing that for a while is kinda giddy-making.) But, at last, things are in place for an update this Friday, 24th February, 6.30pm GMT. Here’s a little preview of what will be available, including some new sawdust fired beads.

sawdust rounds sets

sawdust drop headpins 5

sawdust tusks 1

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Barely There Carved Pleated Bead Set

multi glaze smokey blue tattered set 1

faded shades crackle cone pair

sun up lantern spikes

final fire daggers

ocean side long drops

earring beads 4primitive faces 3

feather 1

green blue textured pod pins

lilac haze pod pins

moorland pod pins

mid-century seeds group

ombre crackle hoops

pale crackle seed pods

gold and ivory tusks

orange and turquoise moth 1

vibrant primaries moth wings

strange saucers set 1

hand-painted porcelain discs 1

spiked shapes 1

pierced stone shards 1

tropical waters leaves

two halves stoneware set 4

This is just a small selection from what will be the biggest shop update I’ve ever done. In related news, I have also managed to set up a newsletter so I can let folk know about upcoming bead shop updates. If you would like to receive it, just message me through the Etsy shop with your name and email address. Here’s a link to the shop. I hope you might find your way there on Friday (6.30pm GMT) to see what else is new. Ciao for now, Claire

Bead Shop Update: Wednesday, 14th September, 6.30pm BST

So, I’m back with the details of the bead shop update and some images of the other new beads I’ll be listing, aside from the sawdust fired beads I shared in the last post. The update will be happening this Wednesday, 14th September, 6.30pm BST. There are lots of new designs, including some new sets. I love the interaction of the glazes on these:

hazy-meadow-wheel-set-1

jewelled-primitive-barrel-set-golden-yellow

striped-primitive-barrel-set

primitive-scroll-set

sun-up-mini-tube-set

And this, above, is one of my current favourite glaze combinations.

sun-up-lantern-points

See?

There are a lot of new earring charms.

verdant-layers-bullets

dusk-over-snow-bullets

sun-down-bullets

escape-to-the-tropics-long-drops

tattered-industrial-drops

multi-glaze-numbered-industrial-drops

old-gold-textured-banded-drops

tribal-striped-lantern-drops

lagoon-and-egg-shell-pods

rosy-sky-shields

And that is just a few – believe me! I’ve also done some autumn. I don’t tend to do seasonal beads but, while I prefer summer, there’s something irresistible about the colours and forms of autumn.

autumn-leaves-group

seed-heads-group

seed-heads

But if that’s not for you there are some more colourful things.

moth-wings-group

There’s a scattering of head pins –

faded-shades-carved-porcelain-heapins

And the sets of earring pairs are making a return –

earring-pairs-a

along with more tubby cones…

glowing-embers-and-copper-tubby-cones

cognac-and-green-tea-chubby-cones

I think that’s most of the categories covered. Here’s a link to the bead shop. This lot will be up in the shop tomorrow at 6.30pm BST. I’ll leave you with a few more pics of more new things…

molten-ombre-cone-pair

red-copper-and-aqua-textured-discs

stick-stack-connectors-earthy

 

watercolour-wing-charms

Bead Shop Update – Thursday, 30th June, 6.30pm BST

Dear God, it has been a horrendous week here in the UK. It’s taken something to shake myself out of staring into the middle distance, muttering about ‘hell’ and ‘handcarts’. But things have to go on and I have a new batch of beads for the taking. So, I’m going to update the bead shop tomorrow night (Thursday, 30th June) at 6.30pm (BST). It’s not quite as large an update as the last few, but there’s still a good amount, including *LOTS* of earring charms. I had so much fun combining different glazes with the last lot that I did, that almost as soon as I’d sent those out I made up stacks of different shaped charms to experiment with some more. They fall loosely into three different shapes. There are these bullet shaped ones (I’m not really happy with the term but I can’t think of another, suitable name).

vivid horizon bullets

Sun Up Bullets

red and black crackle bullets

Then there are some long skinny drops –

serenghetti long drops

grass green and nut butter turquoise long drops

turkish delight long drops

And finally, there are these kinda dagger/lantern shaped pairs.

glowing embers daggers

heather in the distance daggers

moorland daggers

That’s just a taster – there are lots more of each shape. Another new thing – these bone beads. Well, there’re not strictly bone-shaped, more flared tubes. What would you call them?

earthy bands bone set

striped bone bead set 1

olive band carved bone set 1

And here’s a set with one tube and lots of rounds. I have to share it here because it’s one of my favourites.

neutral bone set 1

I’ve made more of these concave charms…

astral concave earring charms

…quite a lot more…

molten red and old gold concave earring charms

And revisited these crescents connectors I made a while ago.

norwegian blue crescent connectorsaurora and old gold crescent connectors

These tubby cones were also popular last time –

olive and red cones spring candy cones

And there’s a few more pairs of cones, including these.

misty mountain cone pair

What else? Oooo – hold the front page! – I made three more pairs of these moth wings in different colours!

moth wings 1

There’s also the regulation crop of head pins.

celadon crackle and old gold pod pins 1

frayed crackled bud head pins 1

Aside from all these, there’s a number of mixed sets…

softly, softly set 1

dark steely set 1

Randoms set 1

several lots of scuffed, faceted porcelain beads,

scuffed faceted porcelain nuggets (blue, red, navy)

and a selection of other miscellaneous earring charms…

stylised porcelain seed pods

sundown conical earring charms

I reckon that’s everything. So, 6.30pm BST, Thursday, 30th June, 2016. And ! here’s a link to the shop !

 

Bead Shop Update! Today!

!Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016, 6.30pm GMT!

!Shop here!

I know! It’s been a long time coming. I actually had these ready a week or so ago, but I thought I’d wait until February so people would have been paid and would no longer be struggling miserably through January. Mind you, I’m not entirely sure I’ve shaken that whole monkey off yet.

Anyway, on with a little preview. Normally I’d whip up a pile of Picmonkey collages but – at the time of drafting this – BT has been bust this afternoon (non-UK readers, BT is… oh, you’ve already fallen asleep…), and Picmonkey appears to be broken too. I’m quite glad to have an excuse not to have to sit here fiddling with Picmonkey. I’m just going to share lots of bigs instead. Starting with…

wings group 1

these, of which I actually have a group shot. They were quite a job: each hand carved with wee dental tools; two from bone china. But what to charge? The eternal agony of pricing…

There’s quite a few wing-y things.

smoky ming wing moth wing droppers 1

black and red tiger moth 1 green and purple moth 1

These were still popular last time –

striped primitive carved focal cone

sundown focal cone

And there are some wee pairs –

black scored cone pair crackle and red dotty cone pair

I’ve been struggling with making bracelets recently, so that’s had me thinking about bracelet-able things.

crackled pod bracelet bar 1 crackled spin bracelet bar 1 ship's wheel pod bracelet bar 1

As ever, there are stacks of earring charms.

dotted faded lilac crackle drops golden bullet charms melting point bullets

(↑particularly love the glaze on these!↑)

small crackle columns striped porcelain tusks

melting orange and charcoal pierced triangles

small wrapped tusks

That’s just a handful – like I said, there are loads! And to go with the earring charms…

earring pairs D 1 earring pairs C 2

Yep, that is Serenity and Rose Quartz. (Seems the Pantone website is down too!) Shame about the winter light. Lots of these photos would look so much better at another time of year. (Cases in point coming up↓)

In a similar vein, lots of headpins.

molten red long lily headpins 1

porcelain sgraffito drop headpins 1

stylized seed head headpins 1

Something different. I’ve had these buff stoneware clays for a while, waiting for something to do with them.

neutrals sw set 1

whites sw set 1

Lots of lovely neutrals. I’ve topped up some of the popular single beads.

smoky carved rounds snowy facets pinwheels

Well, these last ones are new. I also made these column-y game-piece focal things.

game piece column focal bead A game piece column focal bead B

That’s most of the things. I’ll leave you with a selection of others bits and bobs, and hope to see you on Wednesday (3rd Feb, 6.30pm GMT)! Here’s another link to the shop.

crackle hand pendant A stacked cap celadon crackle bead 1

charm set B 1

toothy pegs ming 1

New-ish year: new beads (anon!) and new-ish earrings

Well, happy new year… sorta. I am planning some more ‘proper’ posts with words and things in the weeks to come. I mean, planning. I have soooo many new things to share. I’ve just finished a real jewellery-making spreeeeeee! There’s the usual crop of earrings – my default, really. But I’ve also made around six bracelets and around eight necklaces. I find both more difficult. Necklaces have always been a bit of a challenge, but, I think, I actually really rather like some of them. Now I’ve said that, they’ll probably sit stubbornly in my shop and I’ll end up not liking them so. This making frenzy came at the end of a bead-making marathon. I spaced out the making of the greenware, interspersing it with making jewellery, but once it got to the glazing stage, it was glaze glaze glaze, day in, day out.  I decided to put off listing them until February, when folk will have a bit more money, I hope. I haven’t done the photos yet, but here’s a little teaser. (A bit of a blurry teaser, taken with my phone….)

earring beadsThis mound of earring pairs doesn’t look as large as it actually was. They’re now all strung into sets: eight sets with six pairs each. Anyway, I’ll be back with more bead images and information about dates and times for the update nearer the time. If you have requested a custom order, I’ll be in touch in the next few days.

I photographed all the new jewellery today. It was freeeeezing. It took a couple of hours and by the end of it, I could barely hit the camera button. I’m just about to set to on the selecting and editing, but I do have some things to share here today. The following are some of the first earrings I made this year. I listed them a couple of weeks ago and have shared them elsewhere. But, you know, I like to share everything here at some point or other, if only for my own record. Some of these have sold; the rest are available int’shop.

Wouldn't you miss me at all 1 brimming with lives 1boogaloo dudes 1 cold blooded old times 1 duchess 1 In waves 4 mathilde 1 psalm 1 shadow on the things you know 1 Streamin' Beads of Light 1 The Final Breaker 1 They've Got Some Hungry Women There 1 try out your god 1

Back soon!

New Beads – Shop Update Today, 6.30pm BST

It seems to have taken me the longest time but I finally have my latest batch of beads ready to add to the bead shop tonight. There are around 150 items waiting to be listed. They’ll be going live today, 19th August, at 6.30pm BST. There or there abouts. Here’s just a little of what will be available.

bead sets

These cones were a hit last time, so I’ve made up some more…

cones group

…including a small number of matching pairs.

cone pairs

Talking of matching pairs, a while ago, I made myself a stack of beads. It was only when I finished that it occurred to me that it would be kinda helpful to have some smaller beads, to use at the top of earrings and suchlike. My default size that I tend towards when making beads is always kinda big, I realised. So, I challenged myself –

earring pair setsNow I just need to make some for me to use… There are six sets in all; if they don’t go I might start pinching them myself. And here are some of the gazillion pairs of earring charms and beads that I’ve made to go with them.

earring pairs

Really, there are loads, and that’s not to mention the healthy pile of points and wedge pairs that I’ve made.

points etc

And then there’s the headpins too – there’s also a lot of them.

headpins

But it’s not all earring-y things. There are a number of new focals – some of which took an age to decorate…

focals

And I came up with a new look bird design.

birds group

I’ve also made up multiples of some rounds and rondelles with some of my favourite glazes, so they can be bought singly.

singles

Finally, I’ve made a number of one-of-a-kind focals and head pin bundles, and some other bits and bobs, which I’ll be selling on Ceramic Art Bead Market in the next few days. In the meantime, all these and many more will be available in the bead shop later today.

Bead Shop Update

Wow – get this! Blogging about a bead shop update before it happens! Not two weeks later! That heap of beads I was glazing are all done. I’ll be adding them to the shop tonight at 6.30pm (GMT). There aren’t going to be heaps of listings like the last couple of updates.  A good part of that heap of beads I shared last time were for me.

My beads

So that’s me sorted! But there’s still over sixty new items, including lots of earring pairs!

earring pairs

Lots of headpins –

head pins

Pairs of some of my current favourite rounds –

bead pairs

Cone caps –

cone group

Various bead sets –

bead sets

And assorted other things:

misc

I also have this little pile which I’ll be sending off to Big Bead Little Bead very soon.

bblb beads

And I’ll also be offering a few of my other new pieces on Ceramic Art Bead Market, a Facebook auction site, which you can join easily just by clicking on ‘Join Group. That’s all for now! Hope to see you at 6.30 this evening in the bead shop. To finish, here’s a picture of a custom order I did – just like the picture…

custom order for heidi